A new American Research Group poll shows Barack Obama having a significant lead over Hillary Clinton in the state of North Carolina. Among all voters, he leads 51% to 38%. But the most troubling statistic for the former First Lady is her deficit among women. Obama leads her among female voters 51% to 40%. Unless that number turns around, she can't mount a comeback. After Pennsylvania, assuming she wins there, look for the Clinton Campaign to target female voters like crazy in order to turn the tide there.
Remember, even if Clinton survives Pennsylvania, she has an uphill battle. Indiana and North Carolina vote on the same day in May. According to a number of Clinton advisers, they will encourage her to drop out unless she wins either Indiana or North Carolina.
Yes, that one member of the audience crossed the line a week ago by asking Chelsea about her take on the Lewinsky scandal. But since she is a campaign surrogate speaking on her mom's behalf, she isn't immune to all scrutiny.
During a campaign stop in Pennsylvania, Chelsea Clinton falsely claimed that her mother was the first person to call the situation in Darfur a "genocide."
Actually, it was Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) who first spoke about genocide in March of 2004. Clinton said nothing about genocide before then, and it wasn't until May of 2004 when she finally supported legislation that condemned the situation there.
In a span of just one week, the political players went from a fragile ceasefire agreement to all-out war. This weekend, as the Iraq army in Basra faltered, parts of Baghdad fell into the hands of militia leaders:
Iraq???‚¬?„?s Prime Minister was staring into the abyss today after his operation tocrush militia strongholds in Basra stalled, members of his own securityforces defected and district after district of his own capital fell to Shiamilitia gunmen.
With the threat of a civil war looming in the south, Nouri al-Maliki???‚¬?„?s policechief in Basra narrowly escaped assassination in the crucial port city,while in Baghdad, the spokesman for the Iraqi side of the US military surgewas kidnapped by gunmen and his house burnt to the ground.
Saboteurs also blew up one of Iraq's two main oil pipelines from Basra,cutting at least a third of the exports from the city which provides 80 percent of government revenue, a clear sign that the militias ???‚¬??? who siphonsignificant sums off the oil smuggling trade ???‚¬??? would not stop at mereinsurrection.
The diplomatic agreement between Iraqi factions, not the US surge, was what led to the relatively peaceful winter there. Now that the ceasefire has been broken, the floodgates have re-opened and the violence is back. But this time can a deal be reached, or has Iraq already missed its diplomatic opportunity?
So much for being a champion of ethics reform. This is from The Hill's web site:
Top Washington lobbyist Charlie Black is leaving his firm to join Sen. John McCain???‚¬?„?s (R-Ariz.) presidential campaign.
Black,chairman of BKSH & Associates, told The Hill his resignation wouldbe effective Monday, March 31. He will join McCain's campaign on afull-time basis starting Tuesday.
???‚¬?“McCain asked me to play a pretty significant role in the campaign,"said Black, whose clients have included JP Morgan and Lockheed Martin,according to Senate records.
Therefore, Senator McCain has absolutely no right to claim to take the moral high ground by taking public financing. He has lobbyists running his campaign, and Obama has real people donating to his. Big difference.
Yes, he is going for it. Hillary Clinton is supposed to win Pennsylvania, but Barack Obama is in the middle of a six-day bus tour through the state trying to make up ground. He launched this ad one day ago:
By linking the issues of economy and ethics reform, he is trying to chip into Hillary's base. Obama needs more support from white working men.
He trailed 51% to 39% in the latest Pennsylvania poll.
We had thought Texas was over with and done with after Obama grabbed a slight majority of the pledged delegates there. Actually, the Clinton campaign is trying to contest the election of some Obama delegates there. Wow!